The discussion usually ends there, but if I feel particularly inspired and insist long enough I ultimately get the classic “oh well, who cares. I have nothing to hide”.
That my dears, is the most utterly bullshit you can tell to yourself.
I have nothing to hide
I know you are not a terrorist but still you give privacy for understood in many aspects of your daily physical life. You expect it every time you go to the bathroom and close the door, you expect it when you go to the doctor or you confide to a close friend.
Saying that on internet you have nothing to hide is the equivalent of being okay at taking a dump in a glass walled bathroom with a very good acoustic.
Everyone has things that keep to themselves, things that only say to a special person, things that can be shared with close friends or family, things they talk only to a doctor and so on and so forth.
If in real life we have so many layers, why don’t we expect the same level of privacy on internet? We are giving to Facebook, Google, Linkedin and the others more information about ourselves than we give to our SO or even to ourselves (remember Google is investing in DNA mapping).
I believe there are three main reasons for that.
One. Internet privacy in intangible. You don’t see what you are actually exposing. Even if I told you that you are giving away info about yourself, you wouldn’t really believe me because after all you don’t see an imminent threat.
Two. We are used to the various internet services, many are born with them. It’s hard to believe that something you are using since you were born is not actually good for you. Which leads to…
Three. Most of the services are free, we rely on them and they are pretty darn good. This is the same old “if you are not paying for it, you are the product”. But that doesn’t really cut it. People don’t care being the product if their belly is full and if they do not see or understand the outcome.
Also, companies are making understanding and fighting for your internet privacy so incredibly complicated that users just give up and pretend that everything’s fine.
So?! Do you want to go back to the telegraph? This is another stupid argument that often comes out.
Of course not, I just demand clarity. I want to know exactly how, what and whom my data is given away to. I want to be able to stop certain entities from collecting my data in the same way I can close my bathroom door. I’m sure that if all the ways our data is exposed were made public, 99% of the users would take some kind of counter measurement to protect it.
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